Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (July 2-8)
Queens of the Coal Age – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Bryony Shanahan directs Maxine Peake’s play about Anne Scargill and her protest against the closure of the collieries. Like all of Peake’s writing, it’s a celebration of women who take a stand. It opens on July 3.
Miss Littlewood – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Sam Kenyon’s new musical about the life of revolutionary theatre director Joan Littlewood is directed by Erica Whyman. The Royal Shakespeare Company production opens in Stratford-upon-Avon on July 3.
The King and I – London Palladium
Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical transfers to the London Palladium from Broadway. Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara star in the production, which opens on July 3.
Home, I’m Darling – Theatr Clwyd, Mold
The IT Crowd’s Katherine Parkinson stars in the premiere of Laura Wade’s new play about happy marriages, a National Theatre co-production that opens at Theatr Clwyd on July 3.
The Lieutenant of Inishmore – Noel Coward Theatre, London
Poldark’s Aidan Turner plays a terrorist deemed too violent for the IRA, in Martin McDonagh’s 2001 dark comedy. Michael Grandage directs and it opens on July 4.